To mark International Women’s Day, we announced a series of features celebrating the many talented women working at Lucite International (LI). Next up in this series, we speak to Catherine Lloyd, Graduate Process Engineer at our Cassel site in the UK, about her career so far.
When did you join LI?
CL: September 2012 as a Graduate Chemical Engineer, straight from university.
How long have you been in your current role?
CL: For four and a half years – the Graduate Program lasts for five. My focus has been on the manufacture of MMA (Methyl Methacrylate)’ and as part of the role, I’ve been responsible for the day-to-day operation of Sulphuric Acid Recovery (SAR) plant.
In the last six months my focus has shifted on to the 2018 overhaul, projects and longer term SAR operation.
Have you been given good learning and development opportunities?
CL: We have a graduate training matrix that highlights all the areas an individual should have been exposed to by the end of the Graduate Program. By attending training courses and having different areas of responsibility, I’ve already gained almost all of the required experience.
For example, in July 2015, I managed a Year in Industry student. This allowed me to put some of the leadership and coaching training provided as part of the skills development program into practice.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
CL: I enjoy the variety that comes from the technical and operational challenges of working on the SAR plant. The nature of the process means there is always a challenge to solve (or manage), which keeps things interesting!
What advice would you give to women aspiring to work in the chemicals industry?
CL: My advice is to always be enthusiastic and assertive, but most importantly find a role you like!